HAZARD—Under a banner reading “Greater love have no one than this that someone lay his life for his friends,” local veterans and community members gathered at the Eastern Kentucky Veteran's Center in Hazard Monday morning to commemorate those who served their country.
Neil Napier, administrator at the center, said he thought it was important for everyone, including the youth, to remember and understand what Veterans' Day is really meant to do.
“Although we have our veterans everyday, this is a great day for our community and everybody to get together and remember,” he said.
After a 21-gun salute and taps was played by the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to remember those fallen soldiers who cannot celebrate this Veterans' Day, those in attendance moved inside to hear the Roy G. Eversole chorus sing a number of patriotic songs, including “The Star Spangled Banner” and “This Land is Your Land.” The Buckhorn High School JROTC presented colors at the celebration, and the Buckhorn boys' basketball team was also present at the celebration to help set up and take down equipment.
Perry County District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens said she was very glad that in a time when most people seem to take for granted their freedoms that the youth was still being taught why Veterans' Day was so important.
“This is a Thanksgiving before Thanksgiving, in my estimation,” she addressed those at the center. “I think we take a lot for granted because we've not seen what you've seen. We still need your service; you're service is not finished.”